Dog breeds that weren’t meant for your home

A dog is man’s best friend. But not all members of the canine family are suitable for housing. Find out which breeds are absolutely not suitable for living in an apartment.

Dangerous dogs

You need to start the list with dogs that are potentially dangerous to humans. This category includes the following breeds:

  • hybrids of wolves and dogs, for example, wolfdogs;
  • Turkish Akbash;
  • bandogs;
  • some types of bulldogs: Alapaha thoroughbreds (otto), bulldogs, Brazilian;
  • bully kutta;
  • ghoul dong;
  • North Caucasian dogs;
  • pit bullmastiffs;
  • American bandogs.

These breeds and their individual hybrids have not been studied well enough. From their ancestors, they inherited sometimes uncontrollable aggression, which can be directed both against other animals and towards humans. 

Fact! Some cynologists disagree with the above list, as they believe that aggressiveness develops when encouraged by the owner. That is, with proper education , such a feature of temperament can be suppressed and controlled, but for this you need to have knowledge, firmness of character and perseverance. If they don’t, it’s not worth the risk.

Large breeds that will be cramped in the apartment

Some breeds are large, and their size requires keeping in a large area, for example, in a spacious aviary or in a free-range format in a house adjoining area, fenced with a reliable fence. Below are all such types of dogs.

Alabai or Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are bred for protection, and their impressive size corresponds to security functions and really scares off any intruders. But keeping alabai is best in a large aviary.

Alabai. Photo:

Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are also large in size and suffer in a typical apartment due to crowding and lack of free territory for walking and a splash of energy.

caucasian shepherd dogs
Caucasian Shepherd Dog. Photo:

Saint Bernard is calm, good-natured and peaceful,  even though it looks intimidating because of its impressive size. And although such a breed seems slow, it just needs to be regularly active and conquer new territories.

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St. Bernard. Photo:

Tibetan mastiff can scare with one look. But he does not tolerate loneliness and requires care. The breed is suitable for keeping in an aviary with a clear boundary of the available space. 

Tibetan mastiff
Tibetan mastiff. Photo:

The Irish wolfhound is a large representative of the greyhounds, bred to watch the herds. In addition to their large size, it is worth noting the reluctance to sit still and the urgent need for regular walks.

Irish wolfhound
Irish wolfhound. Photo:

Dogs whose energy can destroy an apartment

There are dogs whose energy simply cannot fit within an apartment. These breeds need to regularly expend their energy reserves, keep active (preferably outdoors) and walk. Listed below are dogs that can literally smash the interior of an apartment.

Huskies feel great in the northern regions, even at critically low temperatures. This is a driving breed that is able to overcome impressive distances in a team, maintaining energy even after such loads. Therefore, even after a walk, the husky may well arrange a pogrom in the apartment.

Husky. Photo:

Alaskan Malamutes are similar to Huskies, they too have always been used as sled dogs, so they need long and fast runs in the fresh air.

Alaskan malamute
Alaskan malamute. Photo:

The Jack Russell Terrier is a real ball of energy, the wave of which blows everything in its path. The breed is distinguished by self-centeredness, hyperactivity, stubbornness and temperament.

Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier. Photo:

Border collies are wonderful shepherds who can start to graze and chase all household members in an apartment. Without activity, exercise and walks, they can become depressed. 

Border Collie
Border Collie. Photo:

Dogs with a difficult character and special needs

Now consider dogs with a difficult character, which will be extremely problematic to correct in an apartment.

The first breed is Akita Inu . It has long been used for hunting, so aggressiveness and quarrelsomeness are among the predominant character traits. You don’t have to expect tenderness and devotion, and the Akita Inu doesn’t get along well with children.

akita inu

The second breed is Rottweiler . In the absence of proper upbringing and regular outbursts of energy, such a dog can become uncontrollable, dangerous and destroying everything in its path.

Rottweiler. Photo:

The third having a difficult character is dachshund . Although she is small and looks cute, she is actually an excellent hunter with all the ensuing consequences. And dachshunds are very selfish.

Dachshund. Photo:

The fourth representative is Staffordshire Terriers . They need not only constant professional training, but also socialization, as well as regular and very active walks, which the average apartment owner is unlikely to be able to provide on a permanent basis.

American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier. Photo:

Fifth breed – german shepherd , which is able not only to protect territories, but also to serve, as well as to carry out the most complex commands, if it is trained and handled skillfully. But for an apartment, as an affectionate and easy-care pet, the “German” is definitely not suitable.

German Shepherd
German Shepherd. Photo:

The sixth position of the list is pit bulls . They were at the peak of popularity in the 90s, but now they are not so in demand, because many have realized how difficult it is to live and get along with such a breed. Pit bulls can show uncontrollable aggression, disobedience and incredible stubbornness in the absence of training and without the opportunity to splash out energy.

american pit bull terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier. Photo:

The seventh representative is spaniels . These hunting dogs need to fulfill their potential and require walks that can turn into adventures. Spaniels are also very emotional and can hardly tolerate loneliness, pestering all the neighbors with howls. 

English Springer Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel. Photo:

The eighth breed with a difficult character is Labradors . Although they make excellent guides and helpers, such dogs simply need to constantly be needed. In an apartment with inexperienced owners, a Labrador can become a curious child, constantly throwing out new surprises in the form of tricks.

Labrador retriever
Labrador retriever. Photo:

If the dog is hyperactive: what is the reason

Sometimes the main reason for uncontrolled hyperactivity is not always the characteristics of the breed. Other factors may be:

  • lack of proper education;
  • lack of physical activity;
  • violations of the daily routine;
  • hormonal disorders;
  • lack of attention of the owner;
  • inappropriate atmosphere or environment;
  • frightening or annoying factors: sounds and noises of household appliances, quarrels of owners;
  • improper care;
  • discomfort as a result of the disease;
  • psychological pressure, physical abuse by the owner;
  • stress;
  • unbalanced diet;
  • parasitic infestations;
  • the imbalance between wakefulness and rest.

Dogs should not be trained, but educated (Antoine Najarian)

How to deal with canine hyperactivity

To manage hyperactivity and unwanted personality traits in your dog, follow these tips:

  1. Watch your own behavior, and avoid manifestations of aggression.
  2. Give your pet the opportunity to splash out energy.
  3. Properly build upbringing and training.
  4. Defend your own position and reinforce your authority: speak clearly and calmly, do not raise your voice.
  5. Do not encourage or support active play at home.
  6. Offer your dog special toys: balls, sticks, bones, harnesses.
  7. Choose household appliances that work as quietly as possible and without sharp, loud sounds.
  8. Keep track of your pet’s health.